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The highest scorer in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the footballer who scores the most goals. More than 1,250 football players have scored almost 2,000 goals in the previous 21 editions.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1930, 97 players have scored five goals or more. These 97 top scorers represent 28 different nations, with 14 from Brazil and 14 from Germany among them.

Only four players are from another continent, with 64 top scorers being from Europe, 29 from South America, and only four from another continent.

There are just six players that score two or more goals each game on average. Sándor Kocsis of Hungary, Just Fontaine of France, Guillermo Stábile of Argentina, Oleg Salenko of Russia, Josef Hügi of Switzerland, and Ernst Wilimowski of Germany are among them (Poland).

Goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Players >750 >200 >90 >50 34 26 8 7 9 6 2 1 1 1 1 1

There are 7 players who have scored more than 10 goals in the World Cup, while almost 1,100 footballers have scored less than 5 goals.

Top Scorer World Cup 2022

The highest goal scorer for the 2022 World Cup has yet to be determined. There are, however, a lot of competitors for the most goals scored in Qatar.

These are the favorites to win the World Cup in 2022 as the best scorer:

  • Harry Kane (England)
  • Kylian Mbappe (France)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Karim Benzema (France)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
  • Neymar (Brazil)
  • Raheem Sterling (England)
  • Marcus Rashford (England)

The highest scorer in the 2022 World Cup is almost always an attacker from a team that has progressed far in the competition. A player’s chances of scoring goals improve as he plays more matches.

# Player Country
1 Harry Kane England England
2 Kylian Mbappé France France
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal
4 Karim Benzema France France
5 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina
6 Romelu Lukaku Belgium Belgium
7 Neymar Brazil Brazil
8 Raheem Sterling England England
9 Diogo Jota Portugal Portugal
10 Jose Vinicius Brazil Brazil
11 Memphis Depay Netherlands Netherlands
12 Antoine Griezmann France France
13 Gebriel Jesus Brazil Brazil
14 Kai Havertz Germany Germany
15 Lautaro Martinez Argentina Argentina
16 Phil Foden England England
17 Álvaro Morata Spain Spain
18 Arnaut Danjuma Netherlands Netherlands
19 Andrade Richarlison Brazil Brazil
20 Donyell Malen Netherlands Netherlands

The strongest chances for the championship are Harry Kane (England), Kylian Mbappe (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Karim Benzema (France), and Lionel Messi (Argentina). According to the oddsmakers, Harry Kane, an Englishman, is in the first place. Also in the top 20 are Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

Top scorer World Cup 2022 qualification

With 14 goals, Ali Mabkhout of the United Arab Emirates leads the 2022 World Cup qualifying. Wu Lei of China is in second place with 12 goals, followed by Canadian Cyle Larin.

Harry Kane and Memphis Depay have scored the most goals in the European qualifying round.

Player Country Goals
Memphis Depay Netherlands Netherlands 12
Harry Kane England England 12
Eran Zahavi Israel Israel 8
Robert Lewandowski Poland Poland 8
Aleksandar Mitrović Serbia Serbia 8
Antoine Griezmann France France 6
Moanes Dabour Israel Israel 6
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal 6

There were 800 matches played in the qualifying series, with 2,278 goals scored. This equates to 2.8 goals per game!

World Cup Top Scorers of all time

With 16 goals in 24 matches, Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the all-time leading scorer in the FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo of Brazil is second with 15 goals in 19 games, while Gerd Müller of Germany is third with 14 goals in 13 games.

The top scorers in World Cup history are listed below.

# Player Country Goals Matches Average Years
1 Miroslav Klose Germany Germany 16 24 0,67 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
2 Ronaldo Brazil Brazil 15 19 0,79 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
3 Gerd Müller Germany Germany 14 13 1,08 1970, 1974
4 Just Fontaine France France 13 6 2,17 1958
5 Pelé Brazil Brazil 12 14 0,86 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
6 Sándor Kocsis Hungary Hungary 11 5 2,20 1954
6 Jürgen Klinsmann Germany Germany 11 17 0,65 1990, 1994, 1998
8 Helmut Rahn Germany Germany 10 10 1,00 1954, 1958
8 Gary Lineker England England 10 12 0,83 1986, 1990
8 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Argentina 10 12 0,83 1994, 1998, 2002
8 Teófilo Cubillas Peru Peru 10 13 0,77 1970, 1978, 1982
8 Thomas Müller Germany Germany 10 16 0,63 2010, 2014, 2018
8 Grzegorz Lato Poland Poland 10 20 0,50 1974, 1978, 1982
14 Eusébio Portugal Portugal 9 6 1,50 1966
14 Christian Vieri Italy Italy 9 9 1,00 1998, 2002
14 Vavá Brazil Brazil 9 10 0,90 1958, 1962
14 David Villa Spain Spain 9 12 0,75 2006, 2010, 2014
14 Paolo Rossi Italy Italy 9 14 0,64 1978, 1982, 1986
14 Jairzinho Brazil Brazil 9 16 0,56 1966, 1970, 1974
14 Roberto Baggio Italy Italy 9 16 0,56 1990, 1994, 1998
14 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Germany 9 19 0,47 1978, 1982, 1986
14 Uwe Seeler Germany Germany 9 21 0,43 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
23 Guillermo Stábile Argentina Argentina 8 4 2,00 1930
23 Leônidas Brazil Brazil 8 5 1,60 1934, 1938
23 Ademir Brazil Brazil 8 6 1,33 1950
23 Óscar Míguez Uruguay Uruguay 8 7 1,14 1950, 1954
23 Rivaldo Brazil Brazil 8 14 0,57 1998, 2002
23 Rudi Völler Germany Germany 8 15 0,53 1986, 1990, 1994
23 Diego Maradona Argentina Argentina 8 21 0,38 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994
30 Oldřich Nejedlý Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 6 1,17 1934, 1938
30 Lajos Tichy Hungary Hungary 7 8 0,88 1958, 1962, 1966
30 Careca Brazil Brazil 7 9 0,78 1986, 1990
30 Johnny Rep Netherlands Netherlands 7 13 0,54 1974, 1978
30 Andrzej Szarmach Poland Poland 7 13 0,54 1974, 1978, 1982
30 Luis Suárez Uruguay Uruguay 7 13 0,54 2010, 2014, 2018
30 Hans Schäfer Germany Germany 7 15 0,47 1954, 1958, 1962
30 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal 7 17 0,41 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
38 Josef Hügi Switzerland Switzerland 6 3 2,00 1954
38 Oleg Salenko Russia Russia 6 3 2,00 1994
38 György Sárosi Hungary Hungary 6 5 1,20 1934, 1938
38 Max Morlock Germany Germany 6 5 1,20 1954
38 Erich Probst Austria Austria 6 5 1,20 1954
38 Harry Kane England England 6 6 1,00 2018
38 Salvatore Schillaci Italy Italy 6 7 0,86 1990
38 Davor Šuker Croatia Croatia 6 8 0,75 1990, 1998, 2002
38 James Rodríguez Colombia Colombia 6 8 0,75 2014, 2018
38 Helmut Haller Germany Germany 6 9 0,67 1962, 1966, 1970
38 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 10 0,60 1994, 1998
38 Diego Forlán Uruguay Uruguay 6 10 0,60 2002, 2010, 2014
38 Neymar Brazil Brazil 6 10 0,60 2014, 2018
38 Asamoah Gyan Ghana Ghana 6 11 0,55 2006, 2010, 2014
38 Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Netherlands 6 12 0,50 1994, 1998
38 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Netherlands 6 13 0,46 1974, 1978
38 Rivellino Brazil Brazil 6 15 0,40 1970, 1974, 1978
38 Bebeto Brazil Brazil 6 15 0,40 1990, 1994, 1998
38 Arjen Robben Netherlands Netherlands 6 15 0,40 2006, 2010, 2014
38 Zbigniew Boniek Poland Poland 6 16 0,38 1978, 1982, 1986
38 Thierry Henry France France 6 17 0,35 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010
38 Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Netherlands 6 17 0,35 2006, 2010, 2014
38 Robin van Persie Netherlands Netherlands 6 17 0,35 2006, 2010, 2014
38 Mario Kempes Argentina Argentina 6 18 0,33 1974, 1978, 1982
38 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina 6 19 0,32 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
38 Lothar Matthäus Germany Germany 6 25 0,24 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
64 Pedro Cea Uruguay Uruguay 5 4 1,25 1930
64 Silvio Piola Italy Italy 5 4 1,25 1938
64 Gyula Zsengellér Hungary Hungary 5 4 1,25 1938
64 Peter McParland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 5 5 1,00 1958
64 Tomáš Skuhravý Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 5 1,00 1990
64 Juan Alberto Schiaffino Uruguay Uruguay 5 6 0,83 1950, 1954
64 Geoff Hurst England England 5 6 0,83 1966, 1970
64 Jon Dahl Tomasson Denmark Denmark 5 6 0,83 2002, 2010
64 Alessandro Altobelli Italy Italy 5 7 0,71 1982, 1986
64 Kennet Andersson Sweden Sweden 5 7 0,71 1994
64 Fernando Morientes Spain Spain 5 7 0,71 1998, 2002
64 Romário Brazil Brazil 5 8 0,63 1990, 1994
64 Marc Wilmots Belgium Belgium 5 8 0,63 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
64 Mario Mandžukić Croatia Croatia 5 8 0,63 2014, 2018
64 Valentin Ivanov Russia Russia 5 9 0,56 1958, 1962
64 Emilio Butragueño Spain Spain 5 9 0,56 1986, 1990
64 Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon 5 9 0,56 1982, 1990, 1994
64 Tim Cahill Australia Australia 5 9 0,56 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
64 Hans Krankl Austria Austria 5 10 0,50 1978, 1982
64 Romelu Lukaku Belgium Belgium 5 10 0,50 2014, 2018
64 Ivan Perišić Croatia Croatia 5 10 0,50 2014, 2018
64 Raúl Spain Spain 5 11 0,45 1998, 2002, 2006
64 Garrincha Brazil Brazil 5 12 0,42 1958, 1962, 1966
64 Johan Neeskens Netherlands Netherlands 5 12 0,42 1974, 1978
64 Fernando Hierro Spain Spain 5 12 0,42 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
64 Zinedine Zidane France France 5 12 0,42 1998, 2002, 2006
64 Landon Donovan United States United States 5 12 0,42 2002, 2006, 2010
64 Henrik Larsson Sweden Sweden 5 13 0,38 1994, 2002, 2006
64 Michel Platini France France 5 14 0,36 1978, 1982, 1986
64 Zico Brazil Brazil 5 14 0,36 1978, 1982, 1986
64 Gonzalo Higuaín Argentina Argentina 5 14 0,36 2010, 2014, 2018
64 Edinson Cavani Uruguay Uruguay 5 14 0,36 2010, 2014, 2018
64 Lukas Podolski Germany Germany 5 15 0,33 2006, 2010, 2014
64 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Germany 5 18 0,28 1966, 1970, 1974

Best English top scorers are Gary Lineker (10x), Harry Kane (6x), and Geoff Hurst (5x).

All-time top scorers per World Cup

Guillermo Stábile of Argentina was the inaugural World Cup top scorer in 1930. Harry Kane of England was the most recent World Cup top scorer in 2018.

The highest scorers in each World Cup are listed below.

Year Player Country Goals Matches
1930 Guillermo Stábile Argentina Argentina 8 4
1934 Oldřich Nejedlý Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 4
1938 Leônidas Brazil Brazil 7 5
1950 Ademir Brazil Brazil 8 6
1954 Sándor Kocsis Hungary Hungary 11 5
1958 Just Fontaine France France 13 6
1962 Garrincha Brazil Brazil 4 6
1962 Vavá Brazil Brazil 4 6
1962 Leonel Sánchez Chili Chili 4 6
1962 Flórián Albert Hungary Hungary 4 4
1962 Valentin Ivanov Russia Russia 4 4
1962 Dražan Jerković Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4 6
1966 Eusébio Portugal Portugal 9 6
1970 Gerd Müller Germany Germany 10 6
1974 Grzegorz Lato Poland Poland 7 7
1978 Mario Kempes Argentina Argentina 6 7
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Italy 6 7
1986 Gary Lineker England England 6 5
1990 Salvatore Schillaci Italy Italy 6 7
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 7
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia Russia 6 3
1998 Davor Šuker Croatia Croatia 6 7
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Brazil 8 7
2006 Miroslav Klose Germany Germany 5 7
2010 Thomas Müller Germany Germany 5 7
2010 Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Netherlands 5 7
2010 David Villa Spain Spain 5 7
2010 Diego Forlán Uruguay Uruguay 5 7
2014 James Rodríguez Colombia Colombia 6 5
2018 Harry Kane England England 6 7

In 1986 Gary Lineker was World Cup’s top scorer with 6 goals and in 2018 Harry Kane scored the most goals (also 6).

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